Vance High quarterback Kingsley Ifedi is working on a special football season.
An East Carolina recruit, Ifedi has thrown for 3,746 yards and 46 touchdowns. He’s run for 803 yards and 13 scores. That’s the ninth-most total touchdowns by a player in N.C. High School Athletic Association football history.
Ifedi, whose passing yards rank 25th all-time in NCHSAA history, will lead Vance into Friday’s state quarterfinal at Butler. He could become the 14th NCHSAA player to throw for 4,000 yards in a season. Ifedi’s touchdown passes rank 11th all-time.
Despite just a two-year career, he ranks No. 20 all-time among NCHSAA career passing leaders.
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▪ Kings Mountain assistant coach Jeff Putnam, who has coached and been an umpire in Cleveland County for 30 years, was recently diagnosed with cancer, something his wife, Sharon, has also faced. A gofundme account has been started on his behalf.
▪ Vance linebacker Gerald Nathan was invited to the U.S. Army All-American combine in San Antonio, Texas, where in January he will join some of the nation’s best underclassmen. Nathan is one of 600 players invited.
▪ Mountain Island Charter cornerback Aapri Washington was invited to the 11th Offense-Defense All-America game in Atlanta Dec. 30. Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant played in this game while in high school. The game will showcase 88 of the nation’s best seniors.
▪ Hickory Ridge first-year coach Jason Seidel has led his team on nine-game win streak and into the third round of the N.C. 3AA playoffs. He’s one of only five first-year Cabarrus County coaches in history to do that. Seidel’s defensive coordinator is former J.C. Smith player Darius Robinson.
Hickory Ridge quarterback Trevor Shue has thrown for 2,377 yards and 33 touchdowns. He has run for 955 yards and seven scores. Tailback Jeremiah Boyd has 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns, and receiver Jarrett Garner has 1,057 receiving yards and 13 scores. On defense, four players have more than 100 tackles: Connor Helm (159), Cal Wallerstedt (141), Dan Louba (122, nine sacks) and Donovan Hayes (120).
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